I’m quite aware that I’m so weird when it comes to music. I’ve got such diverse music taste, and it’s not what most people would consider a good thing. In fact I like things that a lot of people would consider terrible, but a few people I know love. It’s just strange that I can be so excited for new music like this and still like something like 65daysofstatic’s We Were Exploding Anyway.
But I do. And let me say that We Were Exploding Anyway is definitely one of my favorite post-rock albums ever, after only a day of listening to it. Keep in mind that I’m not a huge post-rock listener, so that means almost literally nothing. Except you know how much I enjoy it, if my taste means anything to you. Which it probably doesn’t, after this.
I wouldn’t call We Were Exploding Anyway a new direction for the band, but it’s certainly the most electronic material I’ve ever heard from them. Opener “Mountainhead” may have you first checking if you accidentally put in Kid A for a second, but then moves in a completely original direction, blending the IDM glitch-noises with powerful bass, and then, just as suddenly, switching to a very danceable track that blends all of these elements together.
You can download “Crash Tactics” on their website if you have any doubts about whether or not you’ll enjoy this album. It’s the album’s shortest track, and it plays with electronic insanity over frantic, driving guitars. The entire song is one insane crescendo of brilliance. Honestly, I can’t describe. And you can get it for free, so why don’t you just listen to it and experience how awesome it is?
“Dance Dance Dance” is trancey and addictive, and “Piano Fights” starts with quiet piano, but builds into a behemoth that will numb your senses. “Weak4″ will pummel you into submission the way post-rock really isn’t known for doing. But you won’t have any doubt left afterwards.
They take full advantage of the addition of Robert Smith’s voice on “Come To Me” to such ghostly, powerful effect. It, like most of what this band does, can’t really be described using words. But the lyrics work so well here. Just more proof that 65dos would be just as good if they had a singer.
The fourteen-minute closer “Tiger Girl” feels like full Paul Oakenfold disco… until those drums come in. And then the guitars… it’s an epic crescendo unlike any other, and then it slowly fades out without losing any intensity. That is EXACTLY what I want out of music.
And god, that album cover. I don’t know what it is about it, but it’s probably one of my favorite album covers I’ve ever seen. It deserves to be looked at in higher quality. It’s also my desktop wallpaper right now. There’s something just so powerful about that pre-kiss moment, and the quality of the photograph is just so incredible. You can’t look away. And the way they put the band name and album title in there is so simple, but still feels so effective. I love it.
What more can I say? The album blows me away, and it grows on me with every listen. So in other words, listen to it right now. And look at that album cover. And be in awe of the sheer power of 65daysofstatic.